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They come from many places and walks of life.  They span the ages.  They are united by their acute observations.  They teach us, and we are blessed by them. 
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  • Anyone can become angry – that is easy.  But, to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.  (Aristotle)
  • Watch your thoughts, they become words.  Watch your words, they become actions.  Watch your actions, they become habits.  Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.  (Frank Outlaw)
  • After a concert, a fan rushed up to famed violinist Fritz Kreisler and gushed, “I ‘d give my whole life to play as beautifully as you do.”  Kreisler replied. “I did.”
  • Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
  • “What are we going to do?” said Baby Tiger to Mama Tiger.  “That hunter has five rifles with night vision scopes.”  “Hush,” said Mama, and showed her cub how to sneak up from behind and pounce. The hunter was never seen again.  Technology can’t replace a good basic education.
  • When you see a legislative situation you cannot understand, look for financial interests.  (Tom Johnson, 1984)
  • In the view of medieval rabbis, the Bible is a book by God about man.  What it offers its readers is the divine perspective on human affairs.  (David Lyle Jeffrey in “Genesis: Warts and All”  Christianity Today, April 26, 1999)
  • No one in the world today has such power as they who can make their fellow human beings feel that Christ is a reality. (Henry van Dyke in The Upward Path)
  • Is it possible that my concept of God is a stumbling block to knowing God?
  • When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people.  Now, I admire kind people.  (Abraham Heschel)
  • A Biblical understanding treats the individual as a moral agent, whose actions deserve either praise or blame.  Punishment is not about pragmatic goals, but about justice. (Charles Colson, “The Oxford Prophet” in Christianity Today, 6/15/98)
  • It is easier to repay evil for evil, but then all you you’ve got is evil. (Barbara Brown Taylor, “It’s Hard to Hug a Bully,” in Christianity Today, 1/11/99)
  • If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.  (Elizabeth Elliot in Keep a Quiet Heart)
  • God designed the human machine to run on Himself.  He Himself is our spirit’s fuel and food.  That is why it is just no good asking God to give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.  There is no such thing.  (C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity)
  • The only backbone to our actions, if they are to be moral, is responsibility to something higher than my friends, my country, my success.  Responsibility to where all actions are indelibly recorded and where they will be properly judged.  (Vaclav Havel)
  • If the Father deigns to touch with divine power the cold and pulseless heart of the buried acorn and make it burst forth from its prison walls, will He leave neglected in the earth the soul of man, made in the image of his Creator?  (William Jennings Bryan)
  • It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. (Ronald Knox in Let Dons Delight)
  • Remember, Christianity proposes not to extinguish our natural desires.  It promises to bring the desires under just control and direct them to their true object. (William Wilberforce in Real Christianity)
  • You are not the oil, you are not the air – merely the point of combustion, the flash-point where the light is born.  You are merely the lens in the beam.  You can only receive, give, and possess the light as a lens does. (Dag Hammerskjold in Markings)

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